Aia Vecchia di Montalceto
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A leisurely morning for us with no big plans for the day was welcome after yesterday's crack of early start. Today we decided to take a drive to Montepulciano and Cortona. Montepulciano is most famous for its wines and some of the most beautiful views in all of Tuscany. Of course after a few days it seems that very view in Tuscan is spectacular. Cortona is another lovely town famous for being the setting for Frances Mayes' book Under the Tuscan Sun which was a favourite of my father. ...
... that group and was excited to have experienced "drafting"... thanks to Cinnamon (from central California). Lynn had advised that this was the place to buy wine, and there was a shop that offered free tasting and shipping, so of course we had to check it out. Vince joined me (Hillary was buying linen) while Ken kind of wandered in and wandered out, and we tasted some wonderful wines. Now, since I was still on a bike I did taste, but ...
... They actually said "we invite our guests to find the doors." It was the politest thing I'd ever heard.
Our next stop was the Piazza di Filippo Brunelleschi. Our first reaction when we found it was "This is it?" because it was pretty much a parking lot and some graffiti. It was kind of sad. But I realized that the Italians must get used to living in a place where every available surface and building is old and beautiful and so if graffiti is going to happen ...
... wine at noon with you). There was so much to see in Siena! Everything was beautiful and had a calming Tuscan feel. My two favorite places in Siena were the Mangia Tower and The House of Saint Catherine (Katie & Grandma--I got you a Saint Catherine bookmark!). The Mangia Tower is a loooong climb up on narrow stairwells. However, it is SO worth it!! We heard the top of the tower offered the best views of Tuscany, so we were very eager to see for ourselves! ...
... for Gregorian
chanting, to which visitors are invited. There were only 5 or 6 monks
singing on the evening we attended, but with the acoustics it sounded as though
there were a lot more. We walked down to pick up our bags and catch the
train, as the sun was setting over Florence.
What a fitting way to say goodbye to a